Kerala Minister for Health and Social Welfare awards
GVHSS School in the ‘Haritha Vidhyalaya’ category
Kozhikode-India: 7 June, 2016 – GVHSS School for Girls, Nadakkavu has been recognized by the Kerala State Pollution Control Board (PCB) for their commitment to protecting the environment and keeping their school clean.
The school was presented with the 1st place prize by Kerala’s Health and Social Welfare Minister, Mr. K.K. Shylaja, at an awards ceremony that took place at Kanakakunnu Palace in Thiruvananthapuram earlier this week. The prize included an award, a placque and a one lakh cash prize, which will be used to continue to improve and enhance the school. The award function began with a message by the Kerala Education Minister, Mr. C. Raveendranath, followed by a keynote from Mr. K. K. Shylaja. Both guests highlighted the imbalances and challenges that exist today in our natural environment, as a result of pollution, and other human activities, and noted the need for individuals to take responsibility for protecting their surroundings.
The school submitted its application to the PCB’s State Pollution Control Awards 2016, under the ‘Haritha Vidhyalaya’ (Green School) category, focusing on the school’s green spaces, the upkeep of the school and the involvement of the Faizal & Shabana Foundation to ensure the school’s environment is maintained to the highest standards.
The GVHSS School, Nadakkavu is a 120-year old all-girls government school in the Kozhikode municipal corporation in Kerala, which now ranks among the top four government day schools across India, according to the Education World India School Rankings. In 2013, the Faizal & Shabana Foundation joined hands with local MLA Shri A. Pradeep Kumar to plan, fund and execute a project that transformed GVHSS, entirely using offsite construction technology methods to upgrade the built environment. The school has a sprawling 3.4 acre campus that is home to 2,400 students and over 100 staff members.
Speaking about the school’s award, Dr. Joseph Sebastian, Head of the Faizal & Shabana Foundation said, “We are extremely grateful to the Kerala State Pollution Control Board for recognizing the efforts of the GVHSS staff and students. Every member of the community here respects and appreciates the school’s environment and therefore takes great pride in keeping the campus clean and protected.”